The Bench Horse ‘Original’ is the first and most popular of our Bench Horse series of portable workbenches. We now offer this bench ( as well as the ‘plus’) with our new wooden leg set
The entire leg set is made of solid oak. It is easily able to be folded up and stored in seconds, yet is rock solid when set up. Both legs on a side are fully mortised and tenoned together.
The Top: The key to this bench is the top construction. The metal legged version is made entirely of 1/2″ Baltic Birch plywood with the perimeter doubled to be 1″ thick. The wood legend version uses a 3/4″ top.
It is a torsion-box assembly, which is a grid work of pieces with a top and bottom skin glued on and then an outer apron that extends below this torsion box to contain the leg-set. On each side of these grid work boxes, a hole is bored so that every 6 inches a pipe clamp can be inserted around the entire perimeter through to the other side.. This then creates a vise location every 6 inches around the entire bench. The bench top and bottom also have these holes so work can be clamped to the bench top as well. It also has 2 rows of dog holes on each side that when used with the accessory “vise block” on the pipe clamp head, clamps boards for planing or sanding between dogs like a classic cabinetmakers bench.
On this bench, the top is flat and extremely stiff. It will not sag, because of the torsion box construction. With great depth, accessories such as holdfasts work which don’t work on thin top benches. By using ordinary pipe clamps for the vises and clamping across the width or length of the bench, great clamping pressure is exerted with no worry of deflection.
The wood base: Solid hard maple construction with the legs being mortised and tenoned together on each side. The stretchers are secured with hand knobs which are loosened slightly to fold the bench up. This only takes a minute. When folded up, there are no protruding pieces to get caught on other things. Carry it like a suitcase and slide it in the back of your pickup. Or store it in a corner of the garage.
The metal base: Tubular steel with swivel fittings. Has adjustable levelers. Very quick to set up and fold up.
Bench Horse™ Specifications:
Metal Legs model: 1/2″ Baltic birch top, 18″ width x 48″ length, 55lbs
Wood Legs Model: 3/4″ Baltic birch top, 18″ width x 48″ length, 61lbs
Includes: 2 Bench Dogs